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Life in the GDR

Tour Introduction

For those studying Edexcel’s A level Option 2 ‘The German Democratic Republic, 1949–90’ and similar modules, Anglia has developed a fully-guided tour to Berlin which examines life in the ‘socialist nation-state of workers and peasants’ better known as East Germany.

Visits will examine social change and welfare programmes, including housing, education and the changing status and role of women; repression and control, exploring the Ministry of State Security (the Stasi), its methods and activities; control of young people through the Free German Youth (FDJ); propaganda and censorship; the extent of popular support for the GDR; the SED and the Protestant churches; Western influences on the GDR, including Willy Brandt and the impact of Ostpolitik; economic stagnation in the 1980s, the end of the GDR and the collapse of the SED government in 1989 and the reunification of East and West Germany.

Tour Information


  • Germany

Key Locations:

  • Reichstag
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Treptow Park
  • Alexanderplatz
  • Berlin Wall Documentation Centre
  • Palace of Tears
  • DDR Museum
  • former Stalinallee
  • Stasi Prison

Transport Options:

  • Coach; Air


  • 2, 3 or 4 days
  • 4 or 5 days

Thank you very much for the best Berlin trip this school has run with you. It was superb

Chelmsford County High School, Berlin,

Price Includes:

  • Fully guided
  • Return flights *
  • Return crossings with ferry or Eurotunnel *
  • All meals as shown on your itinerary
  • All entrance fees associated with your visit
  • Tailor-made itinerary
  • An executive coach for your exclusive use
  • Hotel/Hostel accommodation
  • Use of a coach and public transport tickets to cover all transfers and visits
  • Pre-tour presentation

* depends upon chosen method of transportation

Topics Supported

The German Democratic Republic 1949-1990

Conflict and Tension in East and West

Superpower Relations 1941-1991

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